The fate of irrigation projects in 12 districts hangs in balance on account of the award delivered by Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT II) headed by Brijesh Kumar, TDP district president Somisetty Venkateswarlu has said.
Mr. Venkateswarlu said here on Thursday that due to the enhanced allotment of water to the upper riparian States, AP projects cannot expect sufficient water flow till September depriving the precious khariff crop.
The existing projects like Nagarjuna Sagar, Prakasam barrage covering Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari, Prakasam and Nalgonda districts would be badly affected. On the other hand, the projects coming up on surplus water like Bhima, Nettempadu, Kalwakurthi lift irrigation schemes in Mahabubnagar, AMRP, Udaya Samudram, Nakkala Gandi in Nalgonda, Telugu Ganga, Galeru-Nagari, Hundri-Neeva in Kadapa, Kurnool and Chittoor districts and Veligonda in Prakasam district will have poor flows.
Mr. Venkateswarlu alleged that the Tribunal delivered an ‘adverse' judgment mainly because of poor representation by the advocates and experts. The upper riparian States which realised the weaknesses of Andhra Pradesh long ago put up greater defence and got the best out of it.
He said Andhra Pradesh could not retain the concessions offered to it by Bachawat Tribunal. He said Bachawat Tribunal took into consider the river flow data of 78 years while Brijesh Kumar Tribunal reduced the data to only 48 years. Also, the Tribunal reduced the water dependability from 75 per cent to 65 per cent. The Tribunal calculated the availability of surplus and flood waters at 448 tmcft and distributed it among all States.